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wppHurricane Aid Package Includes Poison Pills

By Rob Moore – NRDC.org – January 10, 2018
The U.S. Senate must act on a supplemental disaster aid package for areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in the Western U.S. The House of Representatives passed an $81 billion disaster aid package in December, but that bill contains “poison pills” that NRDC and other organizations are not willing to swallow. We hope the Senate will do what’s right and do away with these provisions and focus on providing much needed disaster aid. Read more on this blog here.

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bos2Assembling the pieces for ‘landscape-scale’ conservation investments

By David Bank – ImpactAlpha – January 9, 2018 – Video
More than $3 billion in committed capital that has already been raised for investments in food and agriculture, habitat protection, clean water initiatives and other conservation projects was sitting on the sideline waiting for attractive deals last year. That presents an enticing opportunity for developers who can package conservation projects that deliver both environmental and financial returns. The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International and other major conservation organizations are stepping up to stock that deal pipeline. Read more here.

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wppSea Level Rise Is Unlocking Decades-Old Pollution

Daily JSTOR – December 5, 2017
By Roberta Kwok – Hakai Magazine – January 10, 2018
In 2015, Kate Tully visited farms near the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. She was investigating whether sea level rise had caused brackish water to move upland, a process called saltwater intrusion—evidence of which she found in the form of increased salinity in the fields and surrounding ditches. When the researchers viewed the sites on Google Earth, they could even see white rings around the farms where water had evaporated and left salt. Read more here.

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bos2Habitat on the Edges: Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World

By Richard Conniff – YaleEnvironment360 – January 3, 2018
One morning not long ago, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, I traveled with a Wildlife Conservation Society biologist on a switchback route up and over the high ridge of the Western Ghats. Our itinerary loosely followed the corridor connecting Bhadra Tiger Reserve with Kudremakh National Park 30 miles to the south. Read more here.

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wppHow to build a city that doesn’t flood? Turn it into a sponge

Daily JSTOR – December 5, 2017
Urban floods make the news with alarming regularity. Just in the past few months, Hurricane Harvey submerged Houston, and the seasonal monsoon crippled cities in South Asia. Dramatic floods from increasingly severe storms come with a steep cost, both human and financial, and the problem will only get worse with climate change. One of the biggest culprits for the deadly toll these floods wreak? Urbanization. Read more here.

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bos2Changing Behaviors Vs. Changing Values: An Argument Over How to Save Nature

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – December 20, 2017
In order to protect species from extinction, habitats from destruction, and prevent the impoverishment of Earth’s nonhuman life, is it necessary to change people’s values — or should nature-loving citizens work within existing value systems, seeking pragmatic rather than radical transformations? Read full article here.

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wppA Response For People Using Record Cold U.S. Weather To Refute Climate Change

By Marshall Shepherd – Forbes – December 28, 2017
If you are reading or watching the news, winter weather is the current headline. Negative wind chills, feet of lake effect snow in the Great Lakes region, and possibly the coldest New Year’s Eve ball drop in almost a half century are on tap. Forecasts are suggesting that temperatures will be in the teens and wind chills below 0 deg F as the famed ball descends from the New York City skyline. The top 3 coldest temperatures were: 1 degree F in 1917, 11 degrees in 1962, and 15 degrees in 1976/1996, respectively. Like clockwork, you will also start seeing tweets and posts refuting climate change even though 2017 will end as one of the top 3 warmest years on record. It is very common to see statements like“those climate scientists are full of it, I have 30 inches of global warming in my yard.” These moments are perfect opportunities to increase science literacy. Here is a template for how I often explain cold weather within the context of a warming climate. For full story, click here.

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bos2Fenced Nature Preserves Have Benefits Beyond Their Boundaries

By Robert Lawrence – Hakai Magazine – December 15, 2017
With few exceptions, New Zealand has been free of land mammals since it broke away from Australia and Antarctica 80 million years ago. In their place, a unique ecosystem arose, with distinctive flightless birds, large insects, and primitive reptiles and amphibians evolving to fit the niches so often occupied by mammals. For full article, click here.

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wppCoastal Kids’ Books to Cozy Up with This Season

By Raina Delisle – Hakai Magazine – December 7, 2017
Long after the Hatchimals have hatched, their batteries have died, and they’ve been relegated to the donation bin, a good book will still be standing strong on the shelf. From tall pirate tales to small seabirds with big personalities, here are nine new coastal books for the children on your list. To read more and view list, click here.

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bos2Stopping the next wave of invasive species in Saskatchewan lakes

By Costa Maragos – University of Regina – December 5, 2017
Invasive species continue to be a critical threat to freshwater ecosystems in Saskatchewan and across North America. But the species that have yet to enter Saskatchewan waters might be of greatest concern. Zebra and Quagga mussels are invasive species from Eurasia that have severely altered the ecosystems of the Great Lakes and many other water bodies in North America. Now, these mussels are making their way toward Saskatchewan. The good news? They’re not here yet. For full story, click here.

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